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Published: 04 May 2017

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780198791959

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Purity, Community, and Ritual in Early Christian Literature

Moshe Blidstein

Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions

  • Charts the development of a multifaceted discourse of purity in early Christianity, drawing on, rejecting, and reworking previous traditions
  • Provides analysis of many dimensions of ancient Christian purity, including dietary restrictions, death pollution, ancient psychology and demonology, sexuality, and church rituals
  • Focuses on the Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, and the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen